NORADJUHA-QUANTONG recorded a tense victory at home against fellow top five hopeful Edenhope-Apsley on Saturday.
The Bombers had their noses in front for most of the game but could not put the Saints away with a killer blow.
In the end, it was a strong second quarter that helped the Bombers snatch a 35-33 victory.
Down by a goal at quarter-time, Noradjuha-Quantong outscored the Saints 14-6 in the second through Sammi Avery’s strong play in goal attack.
Hayley McDonald also played a strong game at wing attack.
The Saints came back with a strong third quarter to get back into the match, but could never quite get in front of the Bombers.
Saints goalkeeper Cynthia Watt had another good game and Courtney Trigg was good for the visitors at wing attack.
The win sent Noradjuha-Quantong one game clear of the Saints in fifth spot.
Kalkee stormed into second place after beating Laharum 42-27.
The Kees’ rock-solid defensive tandem of veteran Paula Weidemann and young gun Stevie Bibby was hugely influential – especially early in the game.
Laharum goal shooter Caitlin Story has been one of the league’s top scorers, but was held without a goal in the first term.
A 13-3 quarter from the Kees set the tone for the game, with Mikayla McAuliffe and Hayley Thomas working effectively in goals.
The visitors never got close after that despite playing solid netball at times.
Kees coach Rachel Thomson said her side was happy to get a win.
“It might look like an easy game from the scores, but it was still a high-intensity game from Laharum and we had to fight it out to the end,” she said.
“We just kept plugging away and everyone contributed and got involved.
“We’re happy to take the four points and we’re happy with the game, but we want to stay grounded.”
Thomson said the biggest test of the team’s credentials would come on Saturday against reigning premier Harrow-Balmoral.
Natimuk United stay in the hunt for a top two finish after a comfortable win over Swifts.
The Ewes defenders allowed only two goals in the first quarter and one in the third.
The final score was 56-14.
Jo Taylor and goal attack Emily Hateley were named Natimuk United’s best, while Mel Beal and Kaitlyn Ralph played strong games for the Baggies.
Taylors Lake’s winless season continued against Pimpinio, but not for a lack of trying.
The Tigers won the third term by eight goals, but Taylors Lake matched them in the other three quarters.
Kelsey Hamilton and Kylie Helyar were Pimpinio’s best in the 43-36 win, while Grace Howden and Lauren Monaghan impressed for Taylors Lake.
Harrow-Balmoral continued to bulldoze the competition, posting a huge 66-goal win against Rupanyup.
The Panthers defenders had no answer for Amy Lewis, who shot an incredible 71 goals.
Coach Ebonie Salter was also among the best in the 84-18 win, but sisters Jodie and Lana Hayes stood up for the Panthers on a tough day.